Tag Archives: DIY

Feeding Your Family On The Cheap At A Con: Hotel Cooking

Feeding Your Family On The Cheap At A Con: Hotel Cooking

Reading Time: 6 minutes My family has been roaming around cons of all sizes from the time the youngest was small enough to ride in a backpack. It’s been super-fun, but as the boys got older, it (unsurprisingly) got more and more expensive. One of our more successful ways to keep costs down has turned… Read More

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Maker-Hoarding: An Excess of Possibilities

Maker-Hoarding: An Excess of Possibilities

Reading Time: 4 minutes A roll-away building platform made from a broken trundle bed and broken bookcases. Cameo by a homemade “blankie tail” made from a decade’s fabric scraps. The combination of a fresh new year full of resolutions and Marie Kondo putting a new show on Netflix has all your online acquaintances purging their houses… Read More

My Tim Burton Halloween Projects: The Killian Family Lantern

My Tim Burton Halloween Projects: The Killian Family Lantern

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lantern inspired ill-fated Killian family’s lantern from Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hallow,” made from silver poster board. Image: Lisa Tate I’ve started my Tim Burton-inspired Halloween projects this month, celebrating 25 years of The Nightmare Before Christmas; last week I built the scarecrow from his bloody tale, Sleepy Hollow, loosely based… Read More

From Dress-Up Box to Cosplay Stash

From Dress-Up Box to Cosplay Stash

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apparently she’s always liked dressing as tough Scandinavians. What finally convinced my daughter to clean her room this weekend was the suspicion that there might be a cat-ear headband buried in the dress-up box buried under… everything else, and Halloween is only a couple weeks away. The dress-up box hadn’t originally… Read More

Han Solo Cups Are for Everyone

Han Solo Cups Are for Everyone

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m the proud parent of a happy autistic son, and when Disney challenged us to come up with some crafts involving red Solo cups to celebrate the Blu-ray release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I knew the perfect Star Wars fan for the job. My son has been on Team… Read More

Taxonomies Are Fun

Taxonomies Are Fun

Reading Time: 4 minutes What is this? Will a plant taxonomy help me find out? I’m notoriously against dichotomies when it comes to people. Objects, on the other hand, are fun to sort. There are games based on the concept of using dichotomies to identify objects: Twenty Questions, and all its spinoffs, like this Hedbandz… Read More

The Benefit of a Small Person With Engineering Skills

The Benefit of a Small Person With Engineering Skills

Reading Time: 3 minutes They can crawl in the awkwardly-angled spaces. Photo by the author. I love assembling IKEA furniture. Why not? It’s a building set, a more permanent version of LEGO or Lincoln Logs. It’s like completing a puzzle, but better, because afterward you have something useful to show for it. I love the… Read More

Clear Out Those T-Shirt Drawers with Some Easy Summer Projects

Clear Out Those T-Shirt Drawers with Some Easy Summer Projects

Reading Time: 4 minutes These three kid friendly projects can help beat the summer afternoon boredom, while upcycling old t-shirts. Each summer we clean out the closets and drawer to give away everything outgrown, worn-out or otherwise forgotten. The majority of clothes we’ve accumulated over the years are t-shirts. T-shirts flow into our home as… Read More

‘The Vintage Baker’: Modern Takes on Classic Recipes

‘The Vintage Baker’: Modern Takes on Classic Recipes

Reading Time: 4 minutes Photo: Chronicle Books If you’re like many people, you’ve inherited some of your family’s old cookbooks. Personally, I have several of my grandmother’s, including her little pamphlet on cooking for a family while using WWII rations. I also have some random booklets put out by food manufacturers and the like. Sometimes… Read More

Gaming and Crafting with the Kids – Part II

Gaming and Crafting with the Kids – Part II

Terrain creation and painting minis are two key hands-on activities you’ll discover if you investigate Frostgrave. I am absolutely loving creating the ruins other terrain items. I’ve done my best to get them to help me, and they have learned how to be careful with a glue gun as well as some painting techniques, but being kids… they just want to get to the game. Read More